Celebrating Western's Research History


About the Project

In 2017, Research Western began creating a series of digitally linked heritage plaques to celebrate significant research-related moments in the university’s history, and to encourage the campus community and its visitors to learn how these contributions have benefited the social, financial, cultural and medical well-being of citizens in Canada and abroad.

Two plaques, voted on by the Western community, will be cast annually: one from a STEM discipline and one from a social sciences, arts and humanities-based discipline. Each will be affixed to a relevant building on campus and provide a link to additional media online.

Heritage Plaque 2 (2017)

Helen Battle: Pioneering Biologist






Western Innovations

51 Discoveries

Established in 1878, Western has a long history of leadership in research that produces tangible, global impact on health, culture, environment and economies. From the concept of insulin in 1920 to ongoing progress in human clinical trials of an HIV vaccine, Western continues to lead efforts to address the world’s largest problems. This is a sample of just 51 discoveries by researchers and teams we are proud called – and continue to call – Western home.